The stifling heat of Hunter's body makes me squirm with discomfort. I force my eyes open and crane my neck towards the alarm clock.
Shit. It's almost noon.
I pry my naked body away from Hunter's and blush when my gaze sweeps down the length of his gorgeous body. When my eyes snap back to his face, I sigh at the look of innocence displayed across his features. I bite my lip thinking about our night together. Hunter had taken my virginity. I had been so afraid my first time would be awful. And even though it was slightly painful, the amount of pleasure I felt was indescribable. And I know deep down that even though this will cause new problems, I won't look back and regret it.
I wanted Hunter to be my first. And he was there for me. He took care of me and was gentle, just the way I knew he'd be. Hunter stirs slightly and I hold my breath fearing he'll wake. I'm not ready to have a conversation with him. Last night was….amazing. But it's all so new to me.
Images of our passionate night flash through my mind. I close my eyes and get lost in the remembrance of Hunter's rough fingers as they brushed against my breasts, the way his hot breath trekked over my neck, and the way his hips drove into me with such passion. A deep sexual need begins to grow in the pit of my stomach.
I want him. Again.
But now that we've slept together, I don't know the 'rules.' Does Hunter view me as just another one of his sexual conquests? Or does he want something more? Will our friendship be strained because of this?
And what about Elliot? How does he factor into all of this? I guess I don't have to worry about Elliot just yet. He won't be home for another few days. That will at least give me enough time to think about how I should handle my situation with him.
Sliding out of bed, I tiptoe to the shower. I turn the water to its highest level and step inside. The smell of Hunter's masculine scent still clings to my skin, and my desire for him continues to grow. I sigh and submerge my head under the water.
I guess all I can do is hope the answers will come to me….
"You're late," Rose says and gives me a pointed look.
I know if my best friend hadn't just passed away, her comment would have been so much worse. But for Rose being as bitchy as she normally is, I know this is her way of trying to keep cool. I nod my head as I punch-in and quickly tie my apron around my waist. I mumble my apologies to her and grab my pen and pad of paper before heading to the floor.
The first few hours of work fly by in a haze of orders, deliveries and small tips. My feet ache. After being off for two weeks, I have to 're-train' my feet for all the walking around that happens during a busy shift. I clear off one of my tables and take it to the back.
Feeling like I deserve a small break, I slip off my apron and head to the bathroom. As soon as I move into the last stall, I turn down the toilet lid and collapse onto it. I let out a weary sigh and pull out my phone from my pocket.
I have six text messages and two missed calls. The missed calls are from my mom and Kelly's mom. Two of the texts are from Marie as well. I frown when I see the next two texts are from Kevin.
Kevin: Hey, r u visiting Rex when you got off 2nite?
Kevin: if so do u need a ride?
I don't even bother to text him back. The last thing I want to do is visit Rex with my ex-boyfriend. Plus, I'm sure Audrey would have a bitch fest if she knew Kevin and I were even in the same car together. I open up my final two texts and a small smile spreads across my lips.
Hunter: I woke up and you were gone…did u get 2 work OK?
Hunter: You need a ride home from work?
I check the time of his texts. The first was sent an hour ago. The second was sent just minutes ago. I hurry and respond.
Me: Hey, sorry I didn't text you earlier. Crazy busy here. But no I don't need a ride.
Only seconds pass before Hunter responds.
Hunter: Cool. U wanna drive to Claws when ur done?
Me: Sure. I'll probably be starving though. So let me stop at home to get a sandwich first.
Hunter: don't sweat it. we can just take my car and go get dinner together when u get to Claws. Cool?
I bite my lip at his text and feel hundreds of little butterflies swirling around my stomach. Why am I so nervous all of a sudden? Hunter and I have spent every second together since the news of Kelly's death. I never felt pressure with him before. Are all these new feelings because of last night?
My fingers remain frozen in place as I think through my message to Hunter. I can hear Rose's voice calling my name as she approaches the bathroom. I lift myself from the toilet seat and force myself to respond to Hunter.
Me: Sounds good. We have 2 talk anyway. I'll c u 2nite.
By the time my shift is over, my aching legs slowly drag the rest of my body to the car. I lower myself into the driver's seat and let my head fall against the headrest. My phone vibrates in my pocket, and I pull it out to see two new texts are waiting for me. My face drops when I see neither of them is from Hunter.
Kevin: I'm heading 2 hospital…
Kevin: can we talk? It's kind of urgent.
Kevin wants to talk? Why? I ignore his texts and slip my phone into my pocket as I start the car. If it was news about Rex, I'd be contacted by the hospital. His parents even gave their consent to make sure I'd be notified immediately should Rex's condition change. So whatever Kevin has to say can wait. I crank up my rock music and let it blare through my stereo as I reverse out of the parking lot and zoom down the highway.
Claws is busy as ever by the time I get there. And I've been here so often lately I'm starting to recognize some of the 'regular's' vehicles. I apply a layer of lip gloss and check my hair before pushing myself out of the car and up to the front entrance.
Loud music and a layer of cigarette smoke greet my senses as I step inside. A few of the older men look my way and give me an appreciative once-over. I weave my way through the clumps of people until I reach the bar. I see Hunter on the far side, pouring a mixed drink for an older looking redhead. I notice the way she watches him while he makes her drink. A burning jealousy shoots through my veins and I force myself to look away.
Hunter is a delicious-looking man. What woman wouldn't stop and stare? I do my best to wait patiently until Hunter attends to all of his customers. When there's finally a lull, he calls one of his workers from the back to take his place.
His mesmerizing eyes find mine and when he smiles at me, my heart shoots up to my throat. I smile in return and allow him to lead me the through the boisterous crowd and back out to the fresh ocean air.
"You guys are packed tonight," I say as soon as the front door of Claws closes behind us. "You sure you can leave to go to dinner?"
Hunter gives me a lop-sided grin and I feel his hand come to rest on the small of my back. Goose bumps break out across my skin at his touch, and my mind is once again racing with thoughts about last night.
"Oh…I'm sure," Hunter's seductive voice responds.
When we reach Hunter's car, he opens the passenger door for me. I attempt to move away from him, but his hands reach up to stop me. My head whips back in his direction and I raise my brow in question. I scan his face. A pained look is etched across his features, and I pull my body closer in a need to comfort him. Hunter doesn't say a word to me as his hands grasp the sides of my hips and he pulls his face down to mine.
His soft lips brush against my cheek once before moving to my lips. His kiss is soft, almost hesitant. Is he confused about all this too? I reach my arms up and link them around Hunter's neck as I sink further into our kiss.
The delectable feeling of Hunter's tongue pushes into my mouth and I groan softly. Can I not get enough of this man? His hands move up my back and the sensuality of his touch has me shaking with desire. I pull away from Hunter's kiss only to find that same raw desire is burning in his eyes as well.
"I'm sorry," Hunter says breathily, but he doesn't look away. "I….I can't seem to help myself around you."
"Yea well you're gonna have to," a familiar voice says from behind me.
Hunter and I both freeze, our attention turning and zeroing in on the unwanted intruder. My eyes become slits when I see Kevin's angry stance just a few feet away from us. A low growl emits from Hunter's throat, and I know if I don't diffuse this now, things are going to get ugly.
"What do you want, Kevin?" I ask and step in front of Hunter.
Kevin gives me an accusatory look and just shakes his head.
"I tried texting you earlier," he snarls. "You need to get back to the house, Jessie. You weren't answering my texts so I decided to start looking for you in any place I could. It must be my lucky night that I find you the first place I look. What I didn't expect was to see you sucking face with this piece of shit."
Hunter's body tenses behind me.
"Don't talk about him like that, Kevin," I command in a warning voice. "Just leave, alright?"
Kevin shrugs. "Fine. I was just trying to make amends with you Jessie, for all the shit I put you through. But now I realize you're just like me. A cheater."
This time it's Hunter who speaks out, his voice so icy cold it sends shivers down my spine.
"Talk about her like that again and I'll break your fucking neck," Hunter says in a low voice.
Kevin puffs out his chest. "Yea. Tough talk now. We'll see just how tough you are when you both drive back to the condo."
"Why?" I blurt out.
Kevin rakes an angry look over both of us. "Elliot's back. He's been waiting at the condo for you all day."
A/N: Ok my cuties! What did you think? Feedback? Thoughts! The coming chapters are going to get HEATED! And yes, for those who have been inquiring, Rex will be included into the coming chapters as well! XD I hope you all like the new chapter - I'm so excited for your delicious feedback! You all are wonderful!!!!!